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Games

Galcon 2: Galactic Conquest

Android Police coverage: Galcon 2 revives a simplified space strategy game with new multiplayer modes and more complex tactics

Galcon is a surprisingly old strategy game where planets are the playing field and spaceships are both the resources and the units. This mobile sequel keeps the super-simple premise, but expands the gameplay to an online multiplayer system with gigantic multi-sided maps and an intricate guild setup. Unfortunately the game has also been saddled with an IAP currency system.

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Galcon 2 is a demolition derby in space. Send swarms of ships from planet to planet to conquer the galaxy in this fast paced multiplayer strategy game. Galcon 2 includes:

  • Clans battling for galactic supremacy
  • Tournament to prove your amazing skills
  • Betting to take Galcoins from the weak
  • Multiple ship shapes like triangle and trapezoid
  • Slick planets made of lava and ice

_PRISM

Android Police coverage: Puzzle game _PRISM unfolds its wacky sacred geometry on Android

Imagine Prism as one of those metal knot puzzles you see in novelty shops, where you have to unwind and twist them just right to solve them. But thanks to some whiz-bang 3D graphics and a big giant dollop of atmosphere, the 3D puzzles in Prism are much more satisfying. Players need to peel away the layers of the 3D shapes, often with heavy reliance on multi-touch. The game is a bit short at only 13 levels, but it's not unreasonable at $3 with no in-app purchases.

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_PRISM is a visually stunning journey through a microcosmic galaxy. Touch shapes and patterns to unfold sacred geometry and reach the ethereal soul. Each level is a push and pull of cinematic design, mythology, and intuitive touch exploration. For best experience, close running apps and restart device before playing. Perfect for anyone looking for a beautiful, meditative experience mixed with puzzle solving. You can relax, take your time to look around and explore at your own pace.

_PRISM
_PRISM
Developer: Clint Siu
Price: $2.99+

SPACE HULK

Android Police coverage: Space Hulk for Android offers turn-based strategy in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, but only on SHIELD devices

Space Hulk (no, not that Hulk) was originally a modified campaign for the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop RPG. The Android version is based on a PC game that came out about three years ago. Gameplay is highly tactical - think less like Dungeons and Dragons and more like XCOM - with a dash of horror thanks to the derelict spaceship environment. The game appears to be a SHIELD exclusive (and a pricey one at $15), though a few other semi-random devices are also compatible.

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The legendary Space Hulk returns in this epic turn based strategy game. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, an intriguing story of legendary battles and heroic actions unfolds. Play as a small squad of fearless Space Marine Terminators who attempt to reclaim their honor by mounting an assault on a derelict space hulk infested by hordes of vicious tyranid Genesteal-ers. Take control of the Adeptus Astartes of the Blood Angel chapter and guide them towards glory, while battling fierce Xenos and uncovering ancient relics in the infested confines of the massive Space Hulk named “Sin of Damnation”.

SPACE HULK
SPACE HULK
Price: $11.99

Hero Siege: Pocket Edition

Hero Siege is a popular hack-and-slash dungeon crawler that got its start on Steam. It has a lot in common with games like Wayward Souls, including the 2D sprite graphics and the roguelike permadeath setup, but the screen-filling action is much more frantic. Thankfully the game includes controller support for more precise slaying. Hero Siege supports single player and online multiplayer mode for up to four people, plus a randomized mode once you've finished the main campaign. It's pricey, but not unreasonable, at $9 with no in-app purchases.

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Hero Siege is a Hack 'n' Slash game with roguelike- & RPG elements. Annihilate hordes of enemies, grow your talent tree, grind better loot and explore up to 6 Acts enhanced with beautiful Pixel Art graphics. This game offers countless hours of gameplay and up to 4 player online multiplayer. In the depths of Tarethiel a group of monks united the four pieces of the brimstone talisman, waking up the slendering demons below...

Hero Siege: Pocket Edition
Hero Siege: Pocket Edition

Station Manager

Have you ever dreamed of managing a train station? Of course not. It isn't the usual kind of aspirational career that seems to thrive in video game adaptations. But Kairosoft is game to tackle it with their tried-and-true management sim formula. This time players get to customize an elaborate Japanese-style train or subway station, including shops, facilities, and even the trains themselves. Thankfully, Station Manager is five bucks with only a single $1 in-app purchase.

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All aboard this exciting journey to build the world's greatest train station. Customize your station with your favorite facilities and trains. Help your passengers travel in comfort by adding vending machines, benches, information boards and more. With fun features including arcades, VIP lounges and taco stands, you'll soon be everyone's favorite stop. Link different carriages to create new trains for business, tourism and more. Expand into the surrounding area to attract new passengers.

Station Manager
Station Manager
Price: $4.99+

Lost Frontier

Mika Mobile? Wow, haven't seen you folks 'round these parts in some time. The developer that created (and abandoned) Battleheart is back, this time with a tactical strategy game set in the old west. The setup seems a lot like classics of the genre such as Advance Wars or Fire Emblem, though thankfully the 2D graphics are high-resolution and charming. Each army gets a "Legend" hero unit, and players can set up custom skirmish battles. The game is $3, but $1 IAP can boost individual heroes.

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Lost Frontier is a turn-based strategy game, brought to you from the creators of the Battleheart and Zombieville series'. In a fantasy-western setting consumed by steam-punk technology and the supernatural, can you survive with just your wit and a six-gun at your side?

  • Story Mode - Play through 24 chapters that introduce you to the gameplay, characters, and world of Lost Frontier.
  • Challenge Mode - once you've mastered the mechanics, put your knowledge to the test in a series of 20 demanding missions.
  • 20 Unique Unit types - take command of a wide range of Wild West forces, from Gunslingers and Cavalry to civil-war era Cannons and Gatling Guns.

Lost Frontier
Lost Frontier
Developer: Mika Mobile
Price: $2.99+

Delugional

Hexagonal puzzles aren't exactly thin on the ground, but this one has an interesting hook: you're digging channels in the stage to bring water to your rice fields while simultaneously raising the land around villages to protect them from flooding. The 2D graphics aren't exactly mind-blowing, but the unique premise should be more than enough to carry 60 levels. Delugional is free with IAP that tops out at $2.

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Delugional is a puzzle game like no other. Solve 60 brain-bending puzzles and discover Ester's story in an enchanting hand-crafted adventure.

  • Master Delugional's unique mechanics
  • Dig channels to guide the floodwaters to your rice fields, and raise mountains to protect your dwellings
  • 60 puzzles to solve
  • Hand-painted graphics
  • Follow the story of Ester
  • Uncover the mysteries of the land and its guardians

Delugional
Delugional
Developer: Dissolute Games
Price: Free+

Frantic Shooter

Frantic Shooter is a twin-stick shooter that does what it says on the box... or it would, if digital download games had boxes. You control a colorful character in a top-down arena shooting everything that moves, grabbing power-ups and currency as you go. The setup is simple but effective, and the 3D graphics work well even for the 2D playing field. The game is free, but individual characters can be bought with in-app currency or permanently unlocked for a dollar.

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The galaxy needs heroes like you. Frantic Shooter is a TPS that will leave you breathless while shooting space debris aliens in the purest arcade style. Grab your weapon and join the battle, it’s time for war. Fight against hordes of enemies and save the planet. Get thrilled playing this exciting arcade game with simple slide controls, frantic action, powerful weapons and a variety of heroes.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

PKTBALL - Endless Smash Sport

PKTBALL is a simple take on Pong and other tennis-style casual games that is just dripping with residual cuteness. The graphics are simple 2D sprites, but the actual playing field pans, zooms, and tilts with the ball, giving an effect that you'll either like or hate. There isn't much to progression, just a bunch of different skins to unlock a la Crossy Road. Both single-player and local single-device multiplayer is supported, even a "doubles" game with four people.

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Prepare to smash it. A hyper-charged arcade smash sport designed to test your skills and reflexes to the max. Fight your way through the leaderboard and become a PKTBALL master. Collect dozens of awesome PKTBUDDIES, featuring DotBoy the retro console, Brains the zombie, Mixtape the vintage cassette and many more. Each PKTBUDDY comes complete with a new court and unique soundtrack, and special guest PKTBUDDIES include PUK, ALONE, HOPIKO as well as other exciting characters.

PKTBALL - Endless Smash Sport
PKTBALL - Endless Smash Sport
Developer: Laser Dog
Price: Free+

6 Bullets to Hell

Apparently 6 Bullets to Hell was an indie western movie from a couple of years ago. The mobile game tie-in is set up like an old shooting gallery - as in really old, with wooden air rifles and sliding tin cutouts and everything. Something about the experience doesn't translate well to simple taps on a screen, but the 2D art in between the levels tells the story of the movie.

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Grab your gun belt, and strap in for an adventure inspired by "6 Bullets to Hell" the movie. You are Billy Rogers, a gunslinger who has worked hard to change his ways and start a family, until a ruthless gang of outlaws strip it all away. Hunt down the men who stole your life in exciting gun battle ripped from the big screen. Inspired by classic arcade shooters, "6 Bullets to Hell" mixes touch-and-shoot gameplay with a classic Western story.

6 Bullets to Hell
6 Bullets to Hell
Price: $0.99

Vanishing Floor

Vanishing Floor is a platformer that seems like it's intentionally trying to piss me off. It's fairly simple to play, except for the fact that the platforms periodically fade in and out of visibility. So getting things right requires all of the usual timing and reflexes of a normal platformer, plus perfect situational awareness and recall. Yeah, okay. It's free with one dollar IAP.

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Vanishing Floor is an old school platformer with a mind boggling gameplay twist. The game requires good jumping skills, good aim, perception and memory, because levels are visible only for seconds. Most of the time you advance without seeing the platforms you’re jumping on.

  • Old school platformer with a twist – vanishing levels.
  • Procedurally generated infinite levels.
  • Funny costumes to unlock.
  • Difficulty raises as you progress – it gets really hard.
  • Beautiful pixel art graphics and chiptune music.

Vanishing Floor - Run and jump
Vanishing Floor - Run and jump

StarFly

StarFly is a tunnel twitch game, a sort of mix between Tempest and an endless runner. Two lights on either side of the tunnel are your guide, and you must fit them through the octagonal obstacles as they pop up. It's one of those games that's amazingly simple (whiz-bang Tron graphics notwithstanding) but gets much harder as more wrenches are thrown into the action. The game is free, but IAP goes up to a surprising $14.

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Welcome to StarFly. Do you have what it takes to fly over the universe avoiding obstacles in a mystifing maze? Control the two stars at the same time and drive them into a tunnel where every block is a deadly collision. Going forward you will collect sparks to speed up or slow down your space trip. Learn how to fly in this new interconnected way. How far can you go? Unlock all different colors and skins combinations to personalize the tunnel graphic environment and maximize your visual experience.

StarFly
StarFly
Developer: Tiny Games Srl
Price: Free+

Puzzle Adventures

Puzzle Adventures is... well, it's puzzles. Not the logic and physics puzzles we usually talk about here, actual old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles in digital flavor. Apparently this is a mobile game that's a port of a popular Facebook game (though it's made by an authentic jigsaw puzzle manufacturer), which helps explain why a bunch of different puzzles need forty dollars worth of in-app purchases.

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Ravensburger’s Puzzle Adventures has been played and loved by over 8 million people on Facebook, and is now available as an app for your smartphone or tablet. Now you can play Puzzle Adventures whenever and wherever you want - at home, on the couch or on the train. Help Jiggy and his friends as they take you along on an exciting adventure through a variety of worlds. Solve countless new puzzles, play against the clock and enjoy the unique puzzle designs.

Puzzle Adventures
Puzzle Adventures

Take Off The Flight Simulator

I haven't seen many flight simulators that focus on commercial airliners. It seems kind of dull, though "Take Off" seems to be trying its darnedest to spice up what is a pretty repetitive job. Different aircraft have somewhat realistic cockpits rendered in 3D, and planes can be customized with fantastical skins. There's a sort of manager mode that lets players form their own airlines, presumably so they can piss off millions of passengers at a time. The game is $3 with some hefty IAP up to about thirty dollars.

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Take Off – The Flight Simulator offers fun and exciting missions in an open world, several highly detailed planes, challenging weather conditions, astonishing views in a free flight mode and the possibility to create and manage your own airline. Everything wrapped in stunning and beautiful graphics. What are you waiting for? Start your pilot career now.

  

Dawnbringer

Dawnbringer (no, not the sword from the Elder Scrolls) is a surprisingly ambitious open-world action game. While players can roam around the 3D environment to their heart's content, combat shifts into a tap-and-swipe interface when you get to one of the many giant-sized enemies. It's an interesting blend of setups, taking advantage of mobile's strengths and weaknesses effectively. IAP is predictably and unfortunately bloated at $100.

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Enter the demon-infested realm of Mourngard. Explore the ruins of a deserted world. Venture into the darkest dungeons and vanquish an unrelenting demon horde in this grand fantasy adventure. A forsaken land. A banished hero. Two brothers in strife. As you blaze towards the world of Mourngard, your angelic wings burn to ash. You and your brother are oblivious to the cataclysmic events you are about to spark, but your arrival could also be the key to salvation.

Dawnbringer
Dawnbringer
Developer: Kiloo
Price: Free+

PBS KIDS Measure Up!

The latest generic game from PBS Kids is all about math and measuring skills. It's all so basic that there's pretty much nothing here for adults, but as an educational tool for elementary school-age kids, it has a lot to recommend. Games and videos are abundant, and parental reporting tools run in the background for checking your kids' progress. The app is free with no IAP, just like the good Lord intended.

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In PBS KIDS Measure Up., children ages 3 to 5 join PBS KIDS characters on an adventure through Treetop City, Magma Peak, and Crystal Caves practicing early math concepts focused on length, width, capacity, and weight with their friends from Dinosaur Train, Peg + Cat, and Sid the Science Kid. Children can also collect rewards and unlock digital toys as they play. At the same time, caregivers can monitor and expand upon what their child is learning using a free companion app: PBS KIDS Super Vision™.

PBS KIDS Measure Up!
PBS KIDS Measure Up!
Developer: PBS KIDS
Price: Free

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